One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try to catch the monster who killed his family.
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By Simon on 04-04-16
Memory Man is Fairly Memorable!
A new lead for Baldacci sees Amos Decker, a savant not from birth but from an horrendous incident in an American Football game tackle a case that had defined his personal life. Decker is fascinating drawing inspiration from a mix of the likes of Jack Reacher and possibly the world of Keifer Sutherland’s TV Series “Touch”. He is a damaged individual who sounds hard to like as he struggles against: depression, his near-unique condition of perfect recall which proves to be both a blessing and a curse and tragedy in his personal life. He is surrounded by characters of reasonable depth as the story develops.
The plot itself is fairly complex and develops at a steady pace and is most strongly focused on the detail of the investigation itself. The dual narration from Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy is decent enough but suffers from some minor production problems. McLarty sets the opening scene superbly but seemed to struggle with the more descriptive parts particularly as Decker’s condition was regularly covered to the point of over-repetition. It was definitely a good idea to have Cassidy’s assistance with the female characters but the production had McLarty’s voice on multiple levels and the female voices almost sounded like they were condensed, similar to listening over a phone line at times. The brief moments of musical backing worked well to my taste though and the production problems won’t be a great problem to most of us.
I am going to stick with this series because it’s a decent premise and Baldacci writes a good story. I didn’t think it was perfect and yes Decker is just another in a long line of damaged detectives but it is damaged in a very different way to the norm. A memory with perfect recall is something I am sure that many of us would be only too happy to have but the book quite convincingly shows how much of a curse it could be too. The detailed plot and investigations made for interesting listening.
In summary well worth considering.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Mikey on 04-05-15
Amos Decker is a legend
What other book might you compare Memory Man to, and why?
Cuckoos calling. Mainly because Amos Decker reminded me of Cormoron Strike.
Any additional comments?
A tough, rough fat and heartbroken man, Amos Decker, our leading man is a hard hitting and fearless detective. After coming home to find his entire family brutally slaughtered; and after receiving a severe brain injury on a football field that left him with no sense of fear and very little feeling, he has all the makings of a loveable hero. I was rooting for him the minute I was introduced to him. Baldacci has created a great character here, which helped make this great crime story fantastic. I was guessing from the word go and I never usually do this with crime/thrillers.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Lia on 22-05-18
Never Forget A Thing
In a time when memories begin to vanish at the drop of a hat, we seldom consider that the antithesis can be equally devastating to the human mind. In this gripping story, the reader is catapulted into the mysterious realm of not being able to shut off their mental rewind of their life. Survivors are victims; victims are survivors; and truth is tangled in the webs of mental histories that defy logic.
Non-stop mysteries of the mind lead to unrelated murders, unlikely criminal investigations, and seemingly disconnected deaths. The human mind houses mysterious motives and unlimited opportunities as it replays crimes of passion to achieve justice.
This book is well crafted and spins multiple stories as each crime is investigated. It moves at a rapid clip & is difficult to put aside as the plot unfolds. Characters are well developed, but they don't become your best friends.
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By helen on 09-05-15
Amos' terrible tragedy comes two fold, once with his football injury and then the devastating death of his family. The story is well told and page turning. His mental capacities are amazing and I'd love a fraction of those abilities. Amos is a character I would love to see more of.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful